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July 1, 2014 Airport Hasbara

Posted on Jul 1st, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

The talk on the cab radio is all about the murder of the three settler teens, their bodies were found. I am too disconnected to know the awful…

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June 30, 2014 How Do You Say Shalom in Tigrenya? Part two

Posted on Jun 30th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Ran takes me into the Open Clinic for some reality-based learning. The rooms are basic health center with shelves of paper charts and two volunteers…

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June 30, 2014 Zionist Doctors and Jewish Values part one

Posted on Jun 30th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

It is probably not a good idea to write a blog after two glasses of wine, particularly after three weeks of abstinence (except for that lovely Taybeh…

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June 28, 2014 Tell Them You’re Italian! Part three

Posted on Jun 28th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Al Manara, the famous square in Ramallah with the circle of lions sculpted in the center, is bustling with chaotic traffic, shoppers, drenching heat,…

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June 28, 2014 In the Container part two

Posted on Jun 28th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

The bus station in Bani Nayim is hot, humid, and thick with exhaust fumes from idling vehicles that have seen better days in the seat and shock…

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June 28, 2014 Who is the Terrorist? Part one

Posted on Jun 28th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

I have been thinking a lot about collective punishment and military force and the cost of fear. I am not going to reveal the identity and details of…

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June 26, 2014 Speak Truth to Power and Choose Joyfulness part three

Posted on Jun 26th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

As a physician, I am always impressed by the combination of intelligence, dedication, weariness, and fortitude that characterizes so many…

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June 26, 2014 The Darkest Aspects of Human Experience part two

Posted on Jun 26th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

I have been thinking a lot about torture lately, given the three murdered Israeli settlers and the most likely revenge killing of a Palestinian teen…

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June 26, 2014 First/Third World Medicine part one

Posted on Jun 26th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

The newly built Ministry of Health Palestine Medical Complex is filled with all the expected contradictions of building a health care system under…

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June 25, 2014 Medicine: If It Doesn’t Kill You, It Makes You Strong part two

Posted on Jun 25th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

The meeting with the medical students is not that polite. Now I will grant you they had just finished their exams (because of the Hebron curfew and…

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June 25, 2014 Teaching in the Ghetto part one

Posted on Jun 25th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

The Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis ended up on the wrong side of the wall. Every time bus #36 from East Jerusalem turns this particular corner,…

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June 24, 2014 Travelling while Occupied

Posted on Jun 24th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Blogging retrospectively is a challenge, I am reporting from the ground and the ground is in constant seismic shift mode. Let me acknowledge that…

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June 23, 2014 Building Dreamers in a Nightmare part three

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

I write this blog belatedly about a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem and Yasser Qous, an Afro-Palestinian who runs a youth center in a cavernous…

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June 23, 2014 Water and Salt part two

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

We meet with Randa Wahbe, the dedicated and articulate advocacy officer at Addameer, on the sixty-first day of the longest hunger strike by…

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June 23, 2014 Tarnishing the Israeli Brand part one

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Our meeting with Omar Barghouti, one of the leaders of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, starts in a stairwell, since the office…

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June 22, 2014 What do I know? I am just a Bedouin. A lot.

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

My glasses (somewhat symbolically) have broken; perhaps my brain does not want to see any more, but there is so much to witness. Even with my eyes…

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June 22, 2014 Crying and Shooting part two

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

We have not had enough sleep in days and are suffering from that weariness that comes with bearing witness to injustices that seem overwhelming, over…

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June 22, 2014 Zochrot: Bending the Arc towards Justice part one

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

So why should Jewish Israelis care about what happened to the people they defeated 67 years ago? The Arabs rejected the Partition Plan, there was a…

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June 21, 2104 Memory Keeper part three

Posted on Jun 21st, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

I first met Abu Arab and his museum of artifacts from destroyed villages last year. Jonathan warns us to be respectful and to remember that "this is…

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June 21, 2014 Can You Be an Israeli Citizen and What Does That Mean Anyway? Part two

Posted on Jun 21st, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

I know Jonathan Cook explained this last year, but the topic is so contorted and bizarre I am going to give it another try and forgive me if it is…

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June 21, 2014 There Was No Farewell part one

Posted on Jun 21st, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Today, Jonathan Cook, a brilliant British journalist and writer now living in Nazareth with a Palestinian wife and family and Israeli citizenship…

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June 20, 2014 And for Extra Credit: Hebron part two

Posted on Jun 20th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

We leave for the tortured city of Hebron later than expected (tear gas, food, and embroidery), and H. (Palestinian from Ramallah, just graduated from…

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June 20, 2014 From Tear Gas to Maqluba part one

Posted on Jun 20th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Feigning bravado and an ambivalent sense of group confidence, our delegation sets off for the West Bank village of Bil'in (see the documentary Five…

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June 19, 2014 The Tigers, the Butterflies, and the Birds

Posted on Jun 19th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Our host father and his two young daughters begin the tour of the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem after a breakfast we prepared together with his…

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June 18, 2104 Scarlet Johansson Has Gas part two

Posted on Jun 18th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Spending a few hours with Tamer Nafar, the hip-hop artist for the group DAM (see the incredible documentary Slingshot Hip Hop) is always a trip. The…

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June 18, 2014 The World According to Sami part one

Posted on Jun 18th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Last night, as we leave Elbeit Alnisa'I for dinner, the nine of us wander off into the dark streets of Beit Sahour, past churches and statues of the…

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June 17, 2014 The Stones Do Not Lie part two

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

After a frightening moment with a billowing forest fire, we meet Umar in the village of Imwas in the middle of Canada-Ayalon Park, a major Jewish…

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June 17, 2014 Walking with Ghosts part one

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

The gunfire stops around midnight and we sleep well at the Yaffa Cultural Center in the Balata Refugee Camp. In the morning we learn that the Israeli…

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The Main Course June 16, 2014

Posted on Jun 16th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

The Balata Refugee Camp in Nablus is a concrete maze of twisting, narrow, sometimes shoulder-width paths, two main streets for the schools and the…

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June 15, 2014 To Exist Is to Resist: Challenging the Occupied Mind

Posted on Jun 15th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Today our health and human rights delegation of nine energetic women in various states of jet lag is about to encounter walls: the kind that occupy…

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June 14, 2014 A Blurring of Boundaries and Conscience

Posted on Jun 14th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

I have been on a number of tours of Jerusalem with staff from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and I never cease to feel this…

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June 13, 2014 The Social and Political Determinants of Health Care: I.e. Don’t get Sick While Palestinian

Posted on Jun 13th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

So this is my current understanding of a fragment of Palestinian health care (take a deep breath and suspend any concepts you may harbor regarding…

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June 12, 2014 Disneyfication of the Old City part two

Posted on Jun 12th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

The sherut drops me in front of the dusty Jerusalem Hotel, a former Arab mansion, where I stop for a bottle of water and a deep breath. A breeze…

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Seminar on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Posted on Feb 11th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

Voices Across the Divide screening at Boston College, followed by a Q&A with the director Seminar on the the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,…

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